Sharing Economy - Gardens Goes Co-Op

A recent post on Fast Company recognized that sharing economies continue to grow. They spotlighted websites working to share food across communities (left over mashed potatoes? No problem!) and noted the sheer numbers associated with wasted food. "Globally, 30 to 50 percent of all food produced is lost or wasted between crop and plate--that's between 1.2 and 2 billion tons. Personally, each of us in the United States and Europe is responsible for trashing between 200 and 400 pounds a year of completely usable food--by contrast, in sub-saharan Africa and South Asia, people waste only 12 to 20 pounds a year." This all reminded me of my passion-project, Urban Garden Share. UGS was launched in Seattle in 2009 - this spring marks it's fourth year of connecting neighbors over shared garden space. We have expanded to several cities across the U.S. with more in demand, which is super exciting. It's a great tool for sourcing and sharing your garden space - ready to get growing this year? Please connect!

*Photo credit KK Dundas


Urban Garden Share in the Toronto Star

Got a little shout out from CANADA today! Super cool, I thought.  Not only because it's my first piece of international press , but because it's a great article that speaks to both the idea of community and people getting in touch with their food. I'm starting to sound like a REAL. CHEESEBALL. when I talk about connecting people with their food, but I'm slowly realizing just how important it is. Both to me, personally, and to this little thing we call mother earth.  You can also read here about how the Obama administration is turning it's eye to global agriculture recently.  A nice short eye-opener to keep you abreast on the (slow) work being done to change policy.(even if it refers to GMOs as part of the solution - you know how I feel about that.)

Urban Garden Share

So, I have this new website that I'm just in LOVE with because it matches garden-less gardeners (like me!) to garden space.  I'm still holding out for the perfect spot within a three block radius of my little apartment.  Any takers ? And while I'm waiting, I'm encouraged by this saucy little number.  Urban Garden Share just got a shout out in Daily Candy.   How sweet is that?